Saw a vinelander carriage yesterday in orange on a long train heading west at Spion Kop.
Was this a Murrayville trip?
Yes, I believe I saw two former Vinelander sleeping cars on the Murrayvillelander when it went through Ballan at 00:10 on Saturday morning.
The train actually had two Orange Vinelander Sleepers (and 2 ex Aurora (LAN+NAM), and one ex SOP VAM) in the 11 car consist - the numbers being Roomette SJ282 (which I slept in, very comfortable) and Twinette SJ284. Arrival back into Southern Cross on Sunday was at approximately 14:20 and it then returned to Newport about 1 hour later.
Mike, you can blame a signal failure at Southern Cross which delayed departure for 90 minutes for keeping you up late on Friday night.
The Friday night outward trip to Ballarat was timetabled for 3:12 which included 3 crosses (Deer Park West, Melton, Bank Box), 25 minutes at Rowsley for a cross and a run-through, and via the Loop at Bungaree for a run-through. That all changed due to the late departure, and there was only one run-through at Parwan and a cross while in the Bungaree loop. The 4:35 suggested earlier was probably using the Ballarat departure time (4:35 after the SCS timetabled departure).